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72 Hour Urban Action Architecture Competition 2014

72 Hour Urban Action, the world’s first realtime architecture competition, has recently opened applications for the 2014 “World Championship of Gameful Architecture” competition, to be held in Witten, Germany.

Game designers and architects, local craftspeople, international designers, Ruhr Valley residents engaged in clubs and associations as well as professional hobbyists, tinkerers, gamers, designers, scenographers, philosophers and all DIY enthusiasts are invited to apply for the competition.

This summer, Witten will host a cultural experiment bringing Architecture and Game design together, during which five international teams will take over the streets of Witten and transform five neglected sites through gameful architecture interventions.

The teams will only have 72 hours – three days and nights – to design and build the interventions – on site and in realtime. On launch day, the teams receive their missions for the first time, start designing a response to the site’s potential and build it then and there on a scale of 1:1. The teams have to handle challenges of no sleep, working with new people and dealing with curious neighbours.

The first 72 Hour Urban Action competition took place in September 2010 as part of the BatYam Biennale Landscape Urbanism.

The 2014 “World Championship of Gameful Architecture” competition is scheduled for 21-27 July, 2014.